What would you do if Toyota made you buy a new car every three years? Say, on the third anniversay of your purchase, a letter arrives in the mail saying, “The Toyota Camry you purchased is no longer supported. If you’d like to keep driving, please contact us about buying a new model.” Would you buy a car from Toyota? Probably not.
So why put up with the same thing from your IT vendors?
Here is the latest list of Riverbed end-of-sale products, for example. Many of these platforms were introduced only a few years ago yet have already been replaced by newer, shinier hardware models.
If you paid a good chunk of change for these products the first time around, is it fair to force you to purchase expensive hardware all over again? All you want is the latest software features plus the knowledge that your vendor has your back if something goes wrong. Is that really too much to ask?
We don’t think so.
Fortunately, you don’t have to do it anymore. Go virtual. It’s as simple as that. As Jim Metzler of Ashton, Metzler & Associates wrote in this new paper,“Virtualization Changes Everything”, we are entering a new age of WAN optimization where the vWOC — virtual WAN Optimization Controller — is taking over. What is a vWOC? It’s an environment in which WAN optimization runs as a software instance on commodity hardware. vWOCs can run on servers, switches, routers, blades or storage arrays. It doesn’t matter.
By separating WOC functionality from WOC hardware, you are no longer at the “refresh mercy” of your WANop vendor. In addition, by delivering WANop functionality in software, you can be up and running in minutes and you can upgrade features or capacity with the simple click of a mouse. Check out our new Virtual WAN Optimization Marketplace now!
Imagine a life with no hardware swap outs. Now that is refreshing!